The Latest: UN says 1 billion students affected…

The United Nations chief says the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July affecting more than 1 billion students

Trump flips on TikTok, urges big U.S. sales cut

[NFA] Just a few days after President Donald Trump said he was considering banning China's TikTok in the United States, Trump reversed course on Monday, saying the U.S. should receive a "substantial portion" of the sales price. Gavino Garay has more.

Miner Cashes In Again

The small-scale miner in Tanzania who sold two of his finds for $3.4 million in June has made another big sale. Saniniu Laizer collected $2 million for a 14-pound Tanzanite stone, the BBC reports. The rare gemstones—which a geologist said could be gone in 20 years—are found...

Irksome in Iceland, brusque in Britain? US envoys…

The U.S. ambassador to Iceland wants guards who pack heat

NY's Trump probe over more than just 'hush-money'

The Manhattan district attorney's probe involving U.S. President Donald Trump is not limited to so-called hush-money payments made to two women in 2016 by his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, according to a court filing on Monday. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Singapore Will Issue New Arrivals With Electronic…

Singapore says some visitors and returning residents can now quarantine at their residence instead of in dedicated facilities—but they will be issued with electronic monitoring devices and face up to 6 months in prison if they remove them or tamper with them. Authorities say the devices, which use GPS...

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Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation…

Authorities have clamped a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir ahead of the first anniversary of New Delhi's decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy

Trump labels Birx 'pathetic' in tweet

[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump took a public swipe at White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx a day after she said infections from the virus were "extraordinarily widespread" in the U.S. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Cruise Line's Restart Ends Quickly

A cruise line's attempt to resume operations amid the pandemic is at least temporarily on hold because of a COVID-19 outbreak . Norway's Hurtigruten suspended operations Monday after at least 40 staff and crew from one of its ships tested positive, with hundreds more potentially exposed and awaiting test results, reports...

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus…

Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel as surging virus cases forced another lockdown

Police detain hostage taker in Kyiv bank drama

Police detained a man who took a hostage in a bank in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday, Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said. The hostage was released unharmed. Emer McCarthy reports.

Egypt Sets Elon Musk Straight About Pyramids…

After Elon Musk tweeted last week that "Aliens built the pyramids obv," Egypt has officially set him straight. "I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs...

Hindus in India set to build temple at razed…

As Hindus prepare to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-awaited temple at a disputed ground in northern India, Muslims say they have no firm plans to build a new mosque at an alternative site they were granted to replace the one torn down by Hindu hard-liners decades ago

John Hume, Northern Ireland peace maker, dies

John Hume, a Roman Catholic architect of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending 30 years of sectarian violence, has died at the age of 83. Francis Maguire reports.

Russia Will Start Mass COVID Vaccinations in…

Clinical trials are not yet complete, but Russia plans to roll out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in October. Teachers and health care workers will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which is reportedly set to begin Phase III trials—the...

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Murad, Amal Clooney accuse leaders and UN of…

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney are accusing government leaders and the United Nations of failing to bring Islamic State extremists responsible for the genocide against Iraq's Yazidi minority to justice

There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19…

Despite vaccines in development, the head of the World Health Organization cautioned that the treatments had yet to prove effective and might only convey protection for a short time. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

Thousands of Germans Protest 'Masks That Make Us…

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate on Saturday to protest Germany's pandemic restrictions—as police pleaded with them to wear masks and socially distance. When the warnings were ignored, police eventually ordered the crowd at the sit-in to leave, the BBC reports. Organizers had billed the event as...

Nicaragua police discount arson in fire at…

Nicaragua’s National Police declared a fire inside Managua’s Metropolitan Cathedral accidental shortly after the Vatican’s top diplomatic envoy to the country said he had requested a “serious, careful and transparent investigation."

Europe's longest open-water swimming contest

Under cloudless summer skies, thousands of competitors plunged into the balmy waters of Balaton on Saturday to swim across Central Europe's largest freshwater lake.

The World Has a New No. 3 in COVID Deaths

Mexico has a grisly new claim to fame: The country of 126 million has now lost 47,472 of its people to coronavirus, making it the country with the pandemic's third highest death toll. Britain previously held that spot, though it has just over half Mexico's population, but now has...

Spain's former king leaving country amid…

Spain’s former monarch, Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal

Living life as a modern-day ninja

Genichi Mitsuhashi lives in Iga, a city in central Japan with a long ninja tradition. He trains in the ninja arts, grows his own rice and vegetables. He's also the first person in the world to hold a master's degree in ninja studies from a local university.

Trump Looks to Force Sale, and Microsoft May Be…

President Trump is looking at ordering the sale of the US portion of TikTok, and Microsoft appears ready to step into the void. "We may be banning TikTok," Trump said Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal with Microsoft would bring Bytedance, the app's Chinese owner, tens of billions...

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Genoa has new bridge 2 years after collapse that…

Two years ago, a stretch of Genoa's Morandi Bridge collapsed, sending cars and trucks plunging to a dry riverbed below and killing 43 people

Firefighters, troops battle forest fire outside…

Spanish firefighters and military emergency personnel battled blistering heat on Monday to control a wildfire in the Madrid region that had burned through the night. Edward Baran reports.

In Vietnam, a Proud Streak Comes to an End

Vietnam has stood out over the last few months because of an impressive number in regard to the coronavirus: zero. As in, the nation of nearly 100 million people had recorded no deaths attributed to COVID-19. That changed on Friday, reports the BBC . State media says a 70-year-old man from...